User Review: REI Half Dome 2
Design: 3-season self-standing dome
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 5# 1oz, incl sack
This tent has a polyester fly, so sun doesn't kill it. It is actually pretty light, especially when you figure that a single wall G-tex tent weighs the same if you add in the ground cloth. I can replace my Half Dome four times and have a new tent every year for the same price (but after two years it is still going strong).
It really sleeps 2: you can easily fit two long/wide Thermaleak pads--be sure to check this when you compare. The vestibule is small-ish, but you can cook in it no sweat. And the tent holds up in winds that blew trees down (if you guy it out, which I did). And it didn't flap too badly.
The only downside might be that the grey color would be hard to spot in a white-out. Mine sheds Sierra snow well, so I think others may not have used the fly tensioning feature when they had sag. It has zero snob appeal, but I would take it over any of the many much higher priced tents I have compared. It's great!
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